Of the five Lancashire teams that currently play premiership football the most recent addition is Burnley FC who were promoted from the championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season. They are also the smallest side in terms of revenue and fan base, but the fantastic organization at the club has resulted in Burnley currently sitting in seventh position in the league table. Their home stadium is Turf Moor which holds a capacity of 21,000 spectators, with the club having played at the same venue since 1883. They were founder members of the football league in 1888 winning the top league on two occasions.
After their most recent league win in 1960, the following season they went on to reach the quarter finals of the European Cup. They have won the FA Cup once and the Community Shield twice. They are currently managed by Sean Dyche who has been at the club since 2012 and is seen as the most influential factor behind their recent success.
Football on Merseyside is massive with Liverpool FC being one of the most successful sides in English football history. Their remarkable record includes 18 League wins, 7 FA Cup wins, 8 League Cup wins, 3 UEFA Cup wins and 3 Super Cup wins. They have also won the European Cup on more occasions than any other English side with 5 wins. The side joined the league in 1893 playing at their Anfield Road ground since that time. This huge stadium now holds a seating capacity of 54,000 spectators with its average crowd during the current season being 53,176.
It 2015/2016 season it was ranked as the 9th largest club in the world, in relation to its revenue figures. There are no bigger names at the club than the late Bill Shankly. With the club languishing in the old second division Shankly was appointed manager in 1959. In 1962 Liverpool were promoted to the top flight and they have remained there ever since.\
In his 15 years at the club Liverpool won 3 league titles, 2 FA cups and 1 UEFA Cup. After 15 years in charge he was replaced by his assistant and ex player Bob Paisley. Paisley spent more than 50 years at the club and in his time as manager they won 6 league titles, 3 league cups, 3 European Cups, 1 UEFA cup and 1 Super Cup.
During this period one of the side’s most influential players was Kenny Dalglish who was signed from Celtic in 1977. He remained at the club as player and manager until 1991 being involved in 9 league wins, 4 FA Cup wins, 4 league Cup wins and 3 European Cup wins. He was known as “King Kenny” and he also won a record 102 caps for Scotland.
Liverpool’s closest rivals are just a short walk away across Stanley Park, where the stadium Goodison Park, the home of Everton FC is located. Everton were founder members of the football league in 1888. They have won the league on 9 occasions, the FA Cup 5 times and in 1985 they won the European Cup Winners Cup.
The club’s most successful period happened in the mid 1980’s with the ex-player Howard Kendall in charge as the manager. During this period the club won the League twice the FA Cup once and the Cup Winners Cup in 1985. Their ground is now seen as not being big enough for their large fan base and since 1996 there have been continuing rumours regarding the building of a new ground. It currently appears that a move to the Port of Liverpool is now favoured, with a stadium plan for Bramley-Moore Dock having been submitted in 2017.
The current Premiership table shows that there are 5 Lancashire sides in the top ten places. Every season at least one of the county’s local sides are involved in the title race and the region really is the home of English football.